The first rule for taking your kids to visit a newborn is this: Consider not taking them at all. This isn’t because new parents (or new babies) hate kids. It’s because parents of newborns are usually exhausted. They are often in desperate search for peace and quiet. And, no matter how quiet and gentle your kids might be, they’ll probably bring a whiff of chaos—a lingering possibility of noise and disruption—into any new baby’s home.
But if you absolutely must bring your kids to visit a newborn, it might help the baby and their parents if you abide by the following rules:
1. Kids not up to date on their vaccines? Your visit can wait
Because they aren’t yet fully protected by vaccines—or by any immunity passed on from their mothers—newborns are especially vulnerable to communicable diseases. Don’t be that person who passes on the flu or pertussis to a new baby. (This goes for your kids and for you.)